SCHMUCKER - On the 18th of July, 1897, two and one-half miles southwest of Nappanee, Ind., daughter of John S. and Mary Schmucker, aged 2 y., 3 m., 20 d. This dear little one was in the full enjoyment of life and had eaten a hearty supper. After supper the mother, in the absence of the father, went to feed the hogs. The slop barrel was sunk about two-thirds of its length into the ground and was about two-thirds full. The mother had taken some of the contents out to feed a hog that was some distance away. She thought she had covered the barrel, but when she came back about ten minutes later her poor little child was in the barrel head downward, dead. It was a terrible blow to the parents to have their child thus snatched away from them. The remains were buried on the 19th, near Welty's schoolhouse. A large congregation gathered on this sad occasion to sympathize with the bereft parents. Funeral services by John C. Schlabach. May God comfort the parents and three remaining children in their deep affliction. J.C.S.
YODER - On the 12th of June, 1897, near Shipshewana,
La Grange Co., Ind., of spinal trouble, Olie W., son of
Levi and Janet Yoder, aged 2 y., 11 m., 11 d. Funeral services
at the Shore meeting house on the 13th by Amos Cripe and Y.C.
Miller, from 2 Samuel 12:19. A large concourse of friends and
neighbors assembled. The remains were laid in the Hostetler cemetery.
"Farewell, dearest father, mother, I have gone with Christ above,
Where no pain or sickness enters, and where all is joy and love."
MILLER - On the 10th of June, 1897, at Sturgis, Mich., Levi, son of Tobias and Mary Miller, aged 11 y., 8 m., 17 d. He was born in La Grange Co., Ind. Buried in the Pretty Prairie graveyard Saturday, June 12th. Funeral services by Y.C. Miller and Peter Long from Psalm 16:5, 6. Levi was sick six weeks and four days. He had a desire to leave this world and meet his brother who departed this life two weeks before.
RINGLER - Polly Ringler was born Aug. 31, 1851 in Somerset Co., Pa. Died of consumption June 10th, 1897, aged 45 y., 10 m., 9 d. She was a member of the Mennonite church, and leaves a husband, 3 daughters and 5 sons to mourn her departure. Services on the 12th at the Pleasant Valley M.H., by Yost Miller and Joseph D. Miller. Text, Job. 19:25.
MILLER - On the 20th of May, 1897, of paralysis, at the home of his sister, widow Fanny Miller, near Shrock, Ind., Bro. David S. Miller, aged 52 years, 3 months and 7 days. Bro. David suffered with the above named disease for a number of years. It affected his speech and disabled him for work. But he appeared perfectly resigned and enjoyed to engage with God's people in worship whenever he was able to do so. During his last illness, which was of only a few days duration, he lay helpless and unconscious, he having had another stroke of paralysis. But we trust that he had peace with God and man, and that he is now enjoying the rest prepared to those who love God. Funeral services were conducted from the Townline church, June 1st, by John Garber in English and Jonathan Troyer in German. Text 2 Cor. 5:1, 2.
HORST - On the 26th of June, 1897, near Spring Grove,
Lancaster Co., Pa., of a lingering disease, Bro. Peter Horst
aged 65 y. He leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter to mourn
the loss of a kind husband and father, but not as those that have
no hope. He was a member of the Mennonite church for many years.
Buried on the 28th in the Weaverland graveyard. The funeral was
largely attended by many friends and relatives, to show the last
tribute of respect to the departed one. Funeral services were
held by Benjamin Horning, John Zimmerman and John Landis.
The hour of my departure's come; I hear the voice that called me home;
Now, O my God! let trouble cease, and let thy servant die in peace.
The race appointed I have run; the combat's o'er, the prize is won,
And now my witness is on high, and now my record's in the sky.
BERGEY - On June 22nd, 1897, near Danboro, Bucks Co., Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Sister Magdalena, wife of Bro. Jacob Bergey, in the 80th year of her age. Sister Bergey was afflicted for quite a long time. About five years ago she fell down stairs, dislocating her shoulder and breaking several ribs, since which time she had to sit in a chair. She had also been paralyzed several times, but she bore her sufferings patiently and tried to resign herself to the Lord's will, yet she often longed to go home. Buried at Doylestown on the 26th. Services at the house by John Walters and John Hunsberger. Text, John 16:16. At the M.H. by Abram Meyers and Abram Hiestand. Text at M.H., Rev. 22:12.
MARTIN - Lizzie Martin, late of Intercourse,
Lancaster Co., Pa., died June 14th, 1897. She was sick only a
day. She was married five years ago to Samuel Martin and leaves
a sorrowing husband and one little daughter, thirteen months old,
a mother, three sisters and one brother to mourn their loss. Her
mother, sisters and brother moved to Akron, Ohio, three years
ago, and about three weeks before her death, her mother came to
pay a visit to her daughter and then met with sorrow. She was
a member of the Dunker Church for many years and was loved by
all who knew her. She was born August 25th, 1864, and had reached
the age of 32 y., 9 m., 19 d. Buried June 16th at Voganville Dunker
burying ground. Jacob Phantz and Isaac Taylor conducted the funeral
Lizzie, thou has left me lonely, sorrow fills my heart to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow, tears will all be wiped away.
Mother, thou art sweetly resting, here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can distress thee more.
CHAMBERS - On the 18th of Jun, 1987, at the home of her brother-in-law, near Oronogo, Md., Phoebe Chambers, aged 60 y., 4 m., 10 d. Services by Andrew Shenk.
DETWILER - On July 8th, 1897, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, of diabetes and gangrene, Eli Detwiler, aged 64 y., 3 m., 25 d. Buried at the Oberholtzer M.H. on the 11th. Services by Allen Rickert, John Burkholder and David Lehman. Bro. Detwiler leaves a wife and three children to mourn his departure.
DONEY - On the 5th day of July 1897, near Rockton, Clearfield Co., Pa., of heart failure, George Doney, aged 76 years, 7 months, 13 days. He was a member of the Mennonite church upward of 20 years, during which time he lived a commendable life. Funeral discourse by the writer to a large congregation from Job. 21:23--26. JOHN A BRILHART
SALA - On the 2nd of July, 1897, in Scalp Level, Cambria Co., Pa., Annie, wife of Jacob Sala, aged 36 yrs., 5 mo. She was buried on the 4th at the Maple Spring Dunkard church of which Cong. she was a member. Funeral services by Samuel Zimmerman and L.A. Blough. She left behind a husband, two children and many friends, but we believe that their loss is her eternal gain.
BOYER - June 26th, 1897, in Mahoning Co., Ohio, after a lingering illness, Henry Boyer aged 81 y., 1 m., 23 d. Funeral on the 26th at the Oberholzer M.H. where services were held by John Burkholder assisted by David Lehman and Allen Rickert.
OTTERBEIN - On the 9th of July 1897, in Waterloo Co., Ont., of consumption, Bro. Henry Otterbein, aged 31 y., 3 m., 5 d. Funeral on the 11th at Eby's M.H., Berlin, where many friends gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to our dear young brother and to sympathize with the bereaved widow and the little orphans. Funeral services by Eli Hallman and Noah Stauffer.
NUSBAUM - On the 9th of July 1897, on Garfield Ave., Elkhart, Ind., of consumption, Mary A. Ehret, beloved wife of Samual Nusbaum, aged 44 y., 3 m., 25 d. Deceased had accepted her Savior years ago, and as her life had been, so her end was peace. She leaves her deeply bereft husband, three sons and two daughters to mourn the loss of an affectionate wife and mother. Her remains were laid to rest on the 11th at the Olive M.H., followed by many relatives and sympathizing friends. Funeral services by D. Brenneman and J.S. Lehman. Text, Eccl. 9:2.
SNYDER - On the 29th of June, 1897, at his home near
Scotland, Pa., Bro. William A. Snyder, aged 60 y., 5 m.,
21 d. Bro. Synder had been in ill health for some time, but was
able to be about, attending to his duties on the farm up till
a few days before his death, when he was attacked by hemorrhages.
He bore his afflictions patiently and said he was willing to leave
this world of pain and sorrow and to go his heavenly home above,
as soon as he should hear that welcome voice say, "Well done,
come up higher." He leaves a sorrowing widow and one son
to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. He was an active
member of the Mennonite church since his youth. Not only his family
will miss him, for his smiling face and useful Christian life
had won for him the esteem of all. A large concourse of friends
assembled to pay their last respects to the departed. The funeral
services were conducted by P.H. Parret and P. Wadel, from Matt.
24:44, "Therefore be ye also ready, for in such an hour as
ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding, o'er the spoils that death has won,
We would at this solemn meeting, calmly say, "Thy will be done."
HUNSECKER - On the 2nd of July, 1897, near Chambersburg,
Pa., of the infirmities of old age, Bro. John Hunsecker,
aged 86 y., 10 m., 4 d. Like the weary pilgrim longing for that
eternal home and rest with Jesus, our aged brother left us, having
gone where his soul so often longed to go. Bro. Hunsecker was
an active member of the Mennonite church all his life, and served
as minister for the gospel for over 39 years, and had been bishop
of the Mennonite church for almost 20 years, trying to win souls
for Jesus. For the last few years he had been in failing health
but was willing to give up the trials of this world, and go to
his heavenly home. Through his death the church has lost a faithful
servant, one who was every helpful in the capacity of his office,
and will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but by his
numerous relatives and friends. He leaves a family of twelve children,
grand-children, and great-grand-children to mourn the loss of
a kind father and grandfather. His remains were laid to rest in
the Minoan cemetery near Chambersburg, where they will rest till
the great day. Funeral services were conducted by P.H. Parret,
Peter Wadel and Bishop Michael Horst of Maugansville, Md.
Father, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills out hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow, tears will all be wiped away. J.H.P.
LESHER - On July 7th, 1897, at his home in Williamson,
Pa., from the effects of a diseased bone of the instep, Benjamin
Lesher, aged 82 y., 3 m., 5 d. He leaves a bereft family of
two sons and nine grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind father
and loving grandfather. His wife preceded him to the eternal world
about nine years ago. Bro. Lesher was a faithful member of the
Mennonite church since his youth, and served as minister of the
same for 47 years. He was confined to his bed for eleven months,
and bore his affliction patiently, like Job, having patience,
and saying, "the Lord's will be done." Though many trials
and tribulations confronted him, no matter what the people would
say or do, he had patience, saying that the Lord was leading him
and that he was walking in Jesus' footsteps, toward that land
where, with a gold crown and harp in his hand, he would sing the
sweet stories of redemption. He was laid to rest on the 10th at
the meeting house near his home, where he is sweetly resting till
that great day when the Lord will carry His jewels home. Services
conducted by Bishop Zimmerman from Shiremanstown, Clayton Miller
of Wanyesboro, and Peter Wadel of Chambersburg, Pa., from Rev.
Asleep in Jesus! of, for me may such a blissful refuge be!
Serenely shall by ashes lie, and wait the summons from on high. J.H.P.
KELLER - On June 28th, 1897, near Martindale, Lancaster
Co., Pa., Sister Alice Keller, aged 19 years, 5 months
and 27 days. Alice had been under conviction for some time previous
to her sickness. When she was sick a little while she at last
became willing to give her heart to Jesus. She told her mother
so, whereupon they sent for Bro. John Zimmerman. He, accompanied
by our deacon, Bro. John Hollinger, visited her. She said that
after repenting of her sins she found her loving Savior, and that
she believed that He had forgiven her sins, but that she yet desired
to add a seal to her faith by being baptized and received into
the church fellowship. Finding that she was apparently exercising
a living faith in the Lord Jesus, Bro. Zimmerman administered
the rite and received her into the church. She died the following
week and was buried on July 1st at Martindale Mennonite meeting-house.
Services were conducted by John Zimmerman and John Landis, assisted
by our young ministers, Bro. John Sauder and Bro. S.B. Witmer.
Text, Psa. 27:10. May this loud call be the means of bringing
many into the fold before sickness or possibly death overtakes
'Tis so sweet to be with Jesus, just to sing around the throne;
Then to hear His voice still saying, "This is your eternal home."
Oh dear father and dear mother just remember, for 'tis true
That beside a loving daughter, is prepared a place for you. J.W.W.
KAUFMAN - On the 29th of March, 1897, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Lydia, wife of Bish. David S. Kaufman, aged 58 years, 11 months and 1 day. Buried on the 31st in Borntreger's graveyard. Funeral services by Manasse and John Borntreger to a large gathering of relatives and friends.
RUTT - Sister Mary Bair, widow of Michael Rutt, died July 9th at 3:30 P.M. at the home of her son-in-law W.P. Palmer in Sterling, Ill. She was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin Co., Pa., Dec. 10th, 1820. Her father lived to be quite old. Her brothers and sisters, five in number, are all over 70 years old, the oldest being 91. They live in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She was married to Michael Rutt Dec. 2nd, 1841, they lived near Mt. Joy, Lancaster Co., Pa., until 1851, when they moved to Chambersburg, Pa., from which place they came to Sterling, Ill., 20 years ago, residing near Sterling until the death of her husband just 14 years ago to the day that Sister Rutt died, and within 15 minutes of the same hour. Two children survive, a son John M. of Hoolyoke, Mass., and the daughter, Mrs. W. P. Palmer of Sterling, Ill., with whom Sister Rutt had made her home partly since the death of her husband. She also leaves five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Mennonite church since 1870. She was kind and loving, "Aunt Polly" as she was known by all, made herself a favorite among her people. In her suffering she was perfectly submissive, willing to bear all that the Lord would put on her. She was buried July 10th in the Mennonite cemetery near Sterling. Funeral services were held at the residence of her daughter. Text, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, yea they rest from their labors and their works do follow them. Rev. 14:13. PHILIP NICE
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IN FOND REMEMBRANCE of our little darlings, Willis L. and Ollie W. Yoder, both of whom died of spinal disease, Willis L., on January 1893, after a lingering illness of ten weeks, and his brother, Ollie W., on June 12th, 1897, at the tender age of nearly three years.
We had two little treasures once, they were our joy and pride;
We loved them, ah! perhaps too well, for soon they slept and died.
There's a vacant place at table, there's a silence hard to bear;
And our waiting turns to longing, when we see that empty chair.
In our dreams we think we hear him, and we move to stroke his head;
But our dream is but a vision, for our baby Ollie's dead.
We have laid him in the church-yard, 'mid the waves of nature's green;
But his little soul is waiting, there beside the living stream.
Waiting, long he need not linger, long we will not ask him wait;
Soon we'll meet our darling baby, just inside the pearly gate.
There our tears and griefs shall vanish, and our voices we will raise;
We will join our baby Ollie, in sweet songs of endless praise.
All is dark within our dwelling, lonely are our hearts to-day;
For the one we loved so dearly; has forever passed away. SELECTED BY THE PARENTS
EIGSTEIN - On the 25th of July, 1897, in Livingston Co., Ill, of quick consumption, Sister Elisabeth, wife of Daniel Eigstein, aged 34 years, 5 months and 9 days. She died in the living hope of everlasting life. Buried on the 26th in the Waldo graveyard. Services at the house by Daniel Orendorf and at the meeting house by Joseph Zehr, Chr. Zimmerman and John P. Schmitt. Texts, John 11:1--3, and 2 Cor. 5:1--10. Deceased leaves her husband, five children (the youngest but eight months old), also father and step-mother, a brother and six sisters to mourn her early death. A strange coincidence at this funeral was that in Joseph Rediger's congregation an infant child had died and the funeral was announced for the same hour. The two funerals met in the graveyard. After the burial Bro. Rediger delivered a very appropriate and impressive discourse.
TAYLOR - Near Dale Enterprises, Va., of July 4th, 1897, of dropsy and heart trouble, Bro. Noah Taylor, aged 65 years, 4 months and 9 days. His illness covered a period of more than four months. Early in March of the present year, he laid fast hold on the promises of God, was baptized and admitted to membership with the Mennonite church. He leaves a widow, an only son, and three daughters to mourn the departure of one who has long been the bread-winner of the family. Funeral and interment from Weaver's meeting house on the 5th. L.J. and G.D. Heatwole officiating. L.J.H.
ROHRER - On June 18th, 1897, near Strasburg, Lancaster
Co., Pa., of heart trouble, Christian Rohrer, aged 78 years,
10 months and 15 days. He leaves a sorrowing wife, eight children
and twenty grandchildren to mourn his departure. His death was
very sudden, as he died while sitting at the table. He was a member
of the Mennonite church for a number of years. Two days before
his death Bish. Isaac Eby visited him, when he partook of the
emblems of Christ's broken body and shed blood. Buried on the
21st. Funeral services were conducted at the house by C.M. Brackbill
and Amos Hoover, and at the Strasburg meeting house by Abram Brubaker
and Bish. Isaac Eby. Text, Psalms 80:48. A large concourse of
relatives and friends had assembled to pay their last tribute
Father, thou hast left us lonely, sorrow fills our hearts to-day;
But beyond this vale of sorrow, tears will all be wiped away.
Husband, thou are sweetly resting, here thy toil and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow, never can distress thee more.
STAUFFER - On the 1st of June, 1897 in Farmersville,
Lancaster Co., Pa., Sister Lydia Stauffer, widow of the
late Israel Stauffer, aged 74 years, 3 months and 1 day. She is
survived by two daughters and three sons, and twenty-three grandchildren
and one great-grandchild. She was a member of the church for many
years, and her place at church was seldom vacant at the meetings
as long as health permitted. Services were held at the house by
Isaac Taylor. Text, Rev. 14:13. Services were also held at Groffdale
by Elias Nolt and John Landis from Rev. 22:13, 14. Peace to her
ashes and rest to her soul. Buried in the cemetery adjoining the
A light from our household gone, a voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant at our hearth, which never can be filled.
Well mother's gone and now at rest, she sings His praises who died for her;
With all the ransomed and the blest, and she's a heavenly worshiper.
Oft let us think of what she said, and of the kind advice she gave;
Oh let us do it as she's dead, and sleeping in her lowly grave.
And let us choose the path she chose, and her we soon again may see,
Beyond this world of sin and woes with Jesus in eternity. L.A.M.
MILLER - On the 26th of July, 1897, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Sarah, daughter of Eli and Mary Miller, aged 10 yrs., 1 mo. and 20 days. The children went to pick huckleberries and the horse began to kick. The little girl sat in front in the buggy and the horse struck her on the head to that in three hours she died. She was buried on the 27th. The services were conducted by I.J. Hochstetler and Masanna M. Borntreger from Mark 10:13--17.
WISLER - On the ___, in Cumberland county, Pa., Bro. David E. Wisler, aged 62 yrs., 2 mo. and 10 days. He had been under conviction for a long time previous to his sickness. He suffered with dropsy, and after a time became willing and gave his heart to Jesus. He sent for the minister and told him the condition of his heart, and repenting of his sins, he found a loving Savior, and believed that his sins were forgiven him. It was also his desire to add the seal to his faith by being baptized which was accordingly done, and he was received into church fellowship. He was buried on the 16th of June, in the Mennonite graveyard in Mummasburg. Services were conducted by M. Wisler from Heb. 98:27, 28. May this earnest call be the means of bringing many into the fold of Christ before sickness or death overtakes them.
HARTRANFT - On the 15th of July, 1897, near Clearfoss,
Md., Joseph L. Hartranft, aged 15 years, 11 months and
23 days. Joseph's sickness began last winter with la grippe, but
he recovered sufficiently to be able to be out and take a short
drive occasionally (which his physician said would be good for
him, and which he enjoyed very much), but it left him in a weakened
condition with heart trouble, from which he died. He was up and
about to within a few days of his death. He was always bright
and cheerful during his sickness. Thus it seems another soul was
taken into the shelter just before the storm. He leaves parents,
two brothers, one sister, schoolmates and companions to mourn
his early death. May it be the means of drawing them nearer to
Him who doeth all things well, that they may prepare to meet God
and their loved one. Funeral services on the 18th at Reiff's meting
house by the brethren Christian Strite, George Keener and Michael
Horst. Text, Eccl. 12:1. His remains were laid to rest in the
graveyard nearby, where a large concourse of people gathered to
show their love and respect to the departed one.
Farewell father and mother dear, o'er my grave shed not a tear;
I have gone to prepare thy way, you must all follow some later day.
Sisters and brothers, don't weep for me, in heaven I hope you all to see;
Just try and live in Christ, I say, and He will help you on the way.
I'm content and you must be, since from death you cannot flee;
I would not give what I have gained for all the world of grief and pain. A COUSIN
SCHMITT - On __ of July, 1897, in Conestoga Village, Waterloo Co., Ont., Maria, widow of Johann Schmitt, aged 83 years, 11 months and 4 days. She was born in Hesse Darmstadt, in Germany. She was married to Johann Ghut who died in Germany. She afterwards married Johann Schmitt, came to Canada and settled in Conestoga. Funeral services were conducted by Abraham and Paul Martin from John 11:24, 25. She leaves two sons and one daughter from her first husband, and three daughters of her second husband; seventeen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was buried at Snyder's graveyard.
ROPP - On the 28th of July, 1897, near Berne, Huron
Co., Mich., of brain fever, Violet, youngest daughter of
Peter and Catharine Ropp, aged 1 years, 7 months and 27 days.
Bro. Ropp was recently ordained to the ministry in the church
at this place. The child was buried on the 29th, at the Union
Graveyard, near Bay Port, where the funeral services were held.
O dear Violet we do miss thee, in our earthly home,
But in heaven we hope to meet thee, when we are called home.
SCHLAGEL - On July 26th, 1897, in Lyon Co., Kan., Mary
S., daughter of Bish. Joseph and Barbara Schlagel, aged 12
years, 11 months and 15 days. Mary was a dutiful daughter and
loved by all that knew her. And she was not attached to the fashions
of this world, and her place in Sunday school was never vacant
when health permitted. Mary is greatly missed both at home and
in school, but we have the hope that our loss may be her eternal
gain. The day before her death she said she was going to Jesus
Christ, and saw the angels; and later she was heard singing a
song of which words could not be understood except the chorus
"Precious name, oh how sweet, hope of earth and joy of heaven."
Funeral services were held at the Snediker school house by John Steckley in German, and D.D. Kauffman in English. Text, Psalm 39:4, 5.
Dear parents, you are lonely now, since I have gone and left you here;
But live for Christ and you shall be, with your child in eternity.
Brother and sister mourn not for me, I long to be at rest;
How happy, happy I shall be, when pillowed on my Savior's breast.
Weep not for me my friends so dear, nor shed for me a sorrowing tear;
I am not dead but only sleep, in silent slumber, oh how sweet.
KING - Melvin Arthur, only child of Milo V. and
Emma K. King, of near Garden City, Mod., was born May 20th, 1896,
died July 25th, 1897, of summer complaint of which he suffered
thirteen days. Funeral services were held at the Clearfork meeting
house, July 26th, by Levi J. Miller and D.J. Hooley, from Luke
18:15--17, and Isa. 11:6.
"This lovely bud, so young and fair, called home by early doom.
Just came to show how sweet a flower, in paradise would bloom.
Ere sin could harm or sorrow fade, death came with friendly care;
The opening bud to heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there."
WEBER - On the 12th of June, 1897, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Susanna, wife of Elias Weber, aged 71 years. Buried at Martha's graveyard where services were held by Abraham and Paul Martin. She leaves a bereaved husband and two sons.
BEATTY - On the 2d of July, 1897, in Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., Simon Beatty, aged 69 years. He was buried at the Conestoga graveyard where funeral services were held by Abraham and Paul Martin from Matt 24:44. He leaves a wife, seven sons and four daughters to mourn his death.
BRUBACHER - On the 19th of July, 1897, in Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Co., Ont., John B. Brubacher, aged 63 years. He was buried at West Woolwich graveyard where funeral services were held in the German language by David B. Martin and Joseph Gingrich.
MILLER - On the 29th of July, 1897, in Lagrange Co., Ind., Magdalena, wife of Manoah Miller, aged __. She suffered ten days from a carbuncle on the neck. She was buried on the 31st of July, in Miller's burying ground, where a large number of people were present, and the funeral services were held by J.T. Hostetler and A. Troyer from 1 Cor. 5:1__19.
LATSHAW - On July 3rd, 1897, at Spring City, Chester
Co., Pa., after a lingering illness, of heart failure and dropsy,
Sarah Stauffer, wife of Pre. John Latshaw, aged 68 years,
1 month and 23 days. Deceased had been a consistent member of
the Mennonite church for many years. She was an estimable woman,
a true Christian and a devoted wife and mother. She leaves a deeply
bereft husband, five sons and four daughters to mourn her loss.
One daughter preceded her to her eternal home. Her remains were
laid to rest July 7th at Vincent Mennonite cemetery, followed
by many sympathizing relatives and friends. Funeral services by
J.B. Hunsberger and Isaac Eby.
Affliction sore long time she bore, physicians were in vain;
Till God saw fit to call her home, and ease her of her pain.
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